PA to Site Chief Executive, CHI at Temple Street
I get up at 6.35am and leave my house in Foxrock by 7.10am. I travel to work by car which takes about 40/50 mins depending on traffic, especially at the Merrion Gates. I listen to Radio 1 but get exhausted by Brexit and when it comes to sport, I definitely flick to 2fm. I have paid parking in Temple Street and I start every morning at 8am.
I work in the site CEO’s office and when I arrive into work I log onto emails to see what is waiting for me and I then pop down to the staff canteen for a coffee.
There is a very broad outline routine to my day but it always changes. For example if ED goes into red escalation mode, this means that Mona Baker (our Site CEO) has to attend urgent huddles to assist bed management and I would then need to reorganise Mona’s diary. I also have to re-organise Mona’s diary if there is a serious clinical incident or urgent requests from CHI.
I really enjoy my job because every day is different. I especially like the constant foot fall through the door and knowing what is going on across the hospital. Consultants and the hospital management team are the most regular visitors.
The most challenging aspect of my job is often the varied nature of it and coordinating managers’ diaries as everybody’s time is so precious and there are so many demands on it, especially with increasing request for involvement by Temple Street staff in CHI work.
My proudest achievement is how long I have worked in Temple Street and my absolute loyalty to the hospital.
I feel very healthy and well and I try not to put off until tomorrow what I can do today. I really enjoy walking locally, hiking in Wicklow and going to the gym.
I also play ‘Gaelic for Mums’ in the Foxrock/ Cabinteely GAA Club. As part of this team, I train once per week and we have two or three matches and take part in one blitz per year. At the blitz there might be 20 clubs participating and we have nine aside and play four games which are about 10 – 20 minutes in length. Two weeks ago we took part in a Blitz in aid of Jigsaw, the youth mental health charity.
I am also delighted to say that sixteen ‘Gaelic for Mums’ including my good self will be travelling to Prague in May 2019 for a blitz and playing teams there from the Czech Republic.
I am motivated by my family. I have two girls who are both now in college and by keeping healthy……..and I am motivated by my office mate, Sharon Kinsella
The ‘treasure’ I would like to bring to the new children’s hospital is the Temple Street culture of helping your colleagues and always putting patients and parents first.